APSU’s Tennessee Eta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon raised over $5,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) on Thursday, March 17, with their fourth annual Rolling Roses event at the Rainbo Skating Center.

According to Will Roberts, president of the Student Government Association (SGA) and member of Sig Ep, this year’s Rolling Roses event was a success thanks to students and community members.

On the days leading up to Rolling Roses, students were able to buy wristbands and T-shirts to raise money for CFF.

The CFF was founded in 1980 by a group of parents with children who were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

According to the CFF website, “The CFF allows more than 120 centers across the country to provide expert care and management for cystic fibrosis patients.”

The website said the mission of the CFF is to “cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.”

According to the website, “Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe.”

In the past 30 years, due to the work and research of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis has doubled.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the APSU chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon’s philanthropic organizations.

Sig Ep hosts several other events throughout the year to raise money and awareness for the foundation.